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The Week that Was, Aug. 25-31, 2010

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The WEST MEMPHIS THREE. The three men serving life for three 1993 slayings got a boost from a benefit concert that drew a sell-out crowd to Robinson Music Center to hear Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines, Patti Smith, Johnny Depp and more.

SIMS BAR-B-Q. It got a celebrity endorsement. Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Obama's former pastor, spoke highly of the legendary restaurant after eating there while in town to preach at a local Baptist church.

It was a bad week for ...

JIM KEET. The Republican gubernatorial nominee's story on how he managed to avoid paying property taxes for five years on his $135,000 airplane just doesn't hold water. There is no legal way to avoid taxes in Arkansas by registering a plane in Nevada, as Keet claimed.

REP. JOHN BOOZMAN. The U.S. Senate candidate said that just because he was a sponsor of legislation that would impose a 30 percent national sales tax it didn't mean he supported it. Huh??

The LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT. It was sued for racial discrimination against black custodians. This in a school district led by a black superintendent and a majority black School Board.

BAPTISM. A family baptism celebration in Fort Smith (at the Progressive Men's Club) ran late into the night and ended with multiple gunshots, a pistol whipping and six arrests. Who said we don't need guns in church?

CHIVALRY. A Centerville man faces criminal charges for threatening to send nude pictures of a Bentonville teacher to her employer and husband if she didn't pay him $2,500.

The PULASKI COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT. School Board member Charlie Wood, facing a tough re-election battle, took it upon himself to alert media to an unidentified person's private sting operation against feuding Board member Gwen Williams. A careful lawful investigation would have made more sense. Unsourced material provided by Wood suggests Williams took $100 from a would-be school sidewalk contractor. Will the sleaze and back-biting in the troubled district never stop?

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